I am a scholar of religion based in the city of Leipzig. Currently I am an Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion at the Institute for the Study of Religion, Leipzig University.

A little about me

I received my PhD in the study of religion from Harvard University in 2020. After completing my fieldwork in Ghana, I was a Visiting Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University (2018-2019), a Visiting Researcher in the Religion Department at Utrecht University (2019-2020), and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies – “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernity,” Leipzig University. Before taking up my current position at the Institute for the Study of Religion, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Religion at the University of Bayreuth.

What I do?

Research

My primary training is in the study of religion, but I also rely on theories and methods from cultural anthropology, African studies, and history. In parallel to my primary research on the religions of West Africa, I have also been involved in research on secularism and nationalism in the Republic of Georgia.

Teaching

My interdisciplinary interests inform my approach to teaching and my focus on West Africa is responsible for my penchant for courses that explore postcolonial and critical approaches to the study of religion, and African religions in particular, the corporeal and sensory dimensions of lived religion, and the role of religion in projects of modernity and nation-building. Throughout my university career, I served as a Teaching Assistant for both undergraduate and graduate courses in African religions, general regionally specific introductory courses in religious studies, as well as courses in anthropology and cultural studies. I have been a Visiting Lecturer in the department for the study of religion at the Ilia State University in my home country, Georgia. I also have had the pleasure to teach high school students both in institutional and private settings. As an avid observer of my own teachers, I have amassed a collection of teaching techniques that enable students to build on their strengths in an equitable learning environment.

Writing

I enjoy writing both strictly academic and more popular content. The satisfaction I get from the process of writing  – with its ups and downs, peaks and lulls – is at the core of my professional satisfaction. I am also experienced in editing academic content, a skill I honed during my five as a student editor of Transition Magazine, a major literary platform from and about Africa and the Diaspora. Last but not least, I spent several years as a grant proposal writer in the non-profit sector.

Translation

I dabbled into Georgian to English translation when I was still a freshmen in college. Since then, I collected a long list of translations under my belt, ranging between government reports, scholarly articles, project proposals and reports, and popular reading material. As an admirer of my native language, I take pleasure in finding the right balance between conveying the original idea and capturing the essence of the words. After all, translation is that which transforms everything so that nothing changes (Günter Grass).

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